New RAE officials imminent, gov’t seeks upgraded RAE role

The government’s intention to upgrade the role of RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, is expected to be reflected by imminent appointments to fill three vacant positions on the authority’s seven-member board, including a new chief executive and deputy.

Decisions on the new recruits are expected any day now before the new RAE board is presented, by law, to Greek Parliament’s permanent committee on institutions and transparency, probably next week.

A large number of top-credential resumes have been submitted by applicants for the three positions, sources informed.

The terms of Nikos Boulaxis, the former chief, his deputy Sotiris Manolkidis, and board member Nektaria Karakatsani have all ended.

The government wants their replacements appointed as soon as possible to avoid dead time as pending issues await to be resolved.

The administration will push for closer cooperation between RAE and other independent bodies, including the telecommunication and postal authority as well as the competition committee, as the number of issues with common concerns is growing.